Martin, Isaie and Scholastique, House

137 Saint Catherine St., Madawaska, Maine


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Criterion C: Architecture Local significance.

The Isaie and Scholastique Martin House in Madawaska Maine is a well preserved example of an Acadian log house built following traditional, regional techniques. Isaie Martin was the grandson of Francois Martin who, as an 11 year-old, was one of the Acadians deported from Port Royal in Nova Scotia in 1755. Francois Martin and his family were later among the first families to settle in the Saint John River Valley between the Madawaska and Green Rivers, in an area that is still today heavily characterized by Acadian culture and traditions. Most of Francoisí sons established farms along the Saint John River during the first three decades of the 19th century, and his grandsons and great grandsons followed suit. The Martin House, located in what would become Maine after 1842, is composed of two joined log structures, the earlier of which was probably constructed between 1823 and 1844. The house features piece sur piece log construction cloaked by a clapboarded exterior with a steep A-frame dormer with a round arched window, and a generous wrap-around porch. On the interior, the house exhibits some unusual, probably regional, woodworking details and has a type of root cellar once commonly found in Acadian homes, but now rare. With the exception of the replacement of some of the windows, the house retains integrity of location, association, feeling, workmanship, design and materials to the period of significance, which spans the approximate dates of construction, c. 1823 to c. 1860. The house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance within the context of 19th century Acadian traditions.

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2016: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • December 20, 2013: Added by Brian Bartlett